Visual Inspiration…

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“The Itchy Bear” Ebook by Barrowfolk (XYZ Studios)

This ebook is probably the closest I’ve seen to the aesthetic and functionality of what I’m aiming for. The simple white background and expressive illustration really allows the interactivity to shine. The use of zooms, sound effects, touch sensitive movements of the characters is similar to what I’m aiming for. I found the constant sound annoying though – it  was a bit much and sometimes silence or ambient noise is better than lots of music or loud noises.

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Linoprints retrieved from Google images

I’m hoping to trial linoprinting to create an edgy look for my work. I’ll then scan it in, trace it in Illustrator and colour in Photoshop.

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Ebook page by Angeline Matasari, retrieved from www.theloop.com.au/Angeline.Mayasari/project/56746
I liked the simpilicity of the layout in this design and thought the texturing was also quite effective.
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“Cutie Monsters” Ebook by Little Phoenix Interactive, retrieved from http://www.littlephoenixinteractive.com/tag/cutie-monsters/
While this e-book is aimed at a much younger target audience, once again the simplicity of the layout and interactivity is along similar lines to what I was imagining. I was also considering experimentation with texture similar to this – although perhaps a bit more moody (not as bright a colour palette).
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Closing credits, “Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events” retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoBnHYKcCRU
Perhaps the most influential for me as far as aesthetics goes, the integration of texture and pattern with simple hand drawn heavily inked illustrations is really appealing. This gives me a lot of ideas for the stages in the story where the colour has gone from the world and gradually the pattern and colour saturation could slowly start creeping in. I think these illustrations are a bit heavy/dark for my target audience but the simplicity of the movement and layering of objects to create depth is really effective in this animation.

Aesthetic and technical considerations

Aesthetics

Considering the idea of animating a piece of paper being folded into an origami bird which is then brought into the story (animated so it flies etc.)

Ego, (2011) “Animated and Alive Paper Sculptures by Jeff Nishinaka”, retrieved from http://ego-alterego.com/2011/05/animated-alive-paper-sculpture-jeff-nishinaka/#.UTcEPI5u-pE on 6.3.2013

Turner, C., Friel, H., Deacon, J, “The Lifecycle of a Drop of Water”, retrieved from http://www.good.is/posts/the-lifecycle-of-a-drop-of-water-via-animated-paper-sculpture on 6.3.2013

Ivey, P., “My Paper Mind”, “Animation Trends: 3-D Papercraft/Cut-Out Animation”,

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/animation-trends-three-d-papercraft-10474.html on 6.3.2013

Caliri, J., (2004) “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”, retrieved from http://watchthetitles.submarinechannel.com/articles/0019-Lemony_Snicket_s_A_Series_of_Unfortunate_Events on 6.3.2013

http://www.jamiecaliri.com

Technical Investigations

“12 Principles of Animation in After Effects”, “Digital Tutors”, retrieved from http://www.digitaltutors.com/11/training.php?pid=746 on 6.3. 2013

Axiom Design – Brent Watts Used storyboarding to convey idea for credits.

http://videohive.net/resources/tut-tuesday-hand-drawn-animation-text/

http://vimeo.com/7872163 – walk cycles etc.

http://videohive.net/item/3d-city-animation-fly-through-showcase/86446 3D fly through style (shading too)

Video Copilot for After Effects tutorials.

After Effects – import into InDesign?? To investigate.

Apple interface sizes

DESCRIPTION IPHONE / IPOD IPHONE / IPOD RETINA IPAD DIMENSIONS
Screen Dimensions 320 x 480 640 x 960  768 x 10241024 x 768
Launch image 320 x 480 640 x 960 768 x 10041024 x 748
Web clip icon (recommended for web applications and websites) 57 x 57 114 x 114 72 x 72
Document icon (recommended for custom document types) 22 x 29 44 x 58 64 x 64 & 320 x 320

Other inspirational apps

ABC Artmaker App

iPoe

The Ant and the Grasshopper